Belcamp teen charged as adult in Craigslist robbery

  • Rodney Parker Jr.
Rodney Parker Jr. (Photo courtesy Harford…)

A 16-year-old Belcamp boy has been arrested and charged as an adult in connection with a Craigslist robbery earlier this month.

Rodney Parker Jr., 16, of the 1300 block of Liriope Court, is charged with armed robbery, robbery and theft. He was arrested near his home by detectives at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to a press release from the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

On April 6 at 11:30 p.m., sheriff's deputies were sent to the 1300 block of Riverside Parkway and met with a Baltimore man who said that earlier in the day he had responded to a Craigslist advertisement in which he offered to buy a cell phone listed for sale, according to the release.

Police said the man spoke with the seller, later identified as Parker, and they agreed to meet in Belcamp. When they met around 11 p.m., Parker allegedly pulled a handgun and demanded the victim's cash and cell phone, according to the release. After the man gave Parker his cell phone and an undisclosed amount of cash, Parker allegedly fled the area through a nearby apartment complex.

The victim was not injured, according to the release.

Southern Precinct Investigations Unit detectives, assisted by the Sheriff's Office School Resource Officers, Gang Unit and Community Action Response Team developed leads which aided them in identifying Parker as a suspect.

After his arrest, Parker was booked at the Harford County Detention Center where he was being held Thursday morning in lieu of $150,000 bail.

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